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Lack of classrooms in Central Visayas still a problem as classes start on June 15

Cebu City (2 June) -- Education officials in the region admitted that the number of classrooms is still insufficient to accommodate the growing number of schoolchildren expected to increase at an average of at least 10 percent as classes are due to start on June 15.

DepEd-7 Education Supervisor II Dr. Clara Rebecca Falconi bared that in order to address the problem, the Dep Ed-7 continues to implement the double or triple shifts in some areas where there are huge number of student populations.

Falconi said some schools have morning and afternoon classes while others also add nighttime classes to resolve the inadequate number of classrooms for the growing number of students.

The education official however assured that they make sure the quality of education does not suffer with the shifting scheme.

"We also have the Adopt-A-School Program where some sectors or groups help the Dep Ed in constructing classrooms," according to Falconi who was one of the main guests during the Kapihan sa PIA this morning that tackled the topic "Preparations for the School Opening and Addressing Basic Concerns."

Last year, the number of enrollees reached almost 1.7M in both private and public schools from pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, this is said.

Falconi also assured there is enough number of teachers to teach the growing number of students but although the ideal ratio of teacher to students is 1:40, some public schools reach up to 50 but in some cases one teacher handles 60 students in a class.

In the same forum, Dep Ed-7 public information officer Leah Apao also disclosed a Dep Ed memo order that prohibits the collection of fess during the enrolment period.

Apao said what is only authorized is the voluntary contributions of certain programs like the Boys Scout of the Philippines or Girls Scout of the Philippines or the putting up of a school paper among others.

"But this are voluntary contributions and not mandatory," Apao stressed.

Apao also said the collection of fees is scheduled like for Grade 4 until high school, this is done only a month after the enrolment period or July.

Falconi meanwhile said, the Dep Ed is already 100 percent prepared for the opening of classes and that they have already launched the 'Brigada Eskwela' Plus Program, a nationwide activity that sought the help of its partners to clean and restore classrooms and even desks and chairs in schools. In Central Visayas, the 'Brigada Eskwela' Plus Program was launched in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Falconi added. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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